EasyJet Passenger Attempts to Open Cabin Door Midflight

Apr 26, 2019

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A passenger on an easyJet flight from London Gatwick (LGW) to Pisa, Italy (PSI) on Wednesday attempted to open an aircraft door while the plane was descending.

Crew and panicked passengers restrained the Italian male passenger on Flight 8233 until the plane safely landed. Police met the aircraft when it arrived at Pisa airport. The passenger had headed straight for the aircraft door after using an onboard lavatory.

EasyJet told The Independent: “While it would not have been possible to open the door due to the cabin pressurisation, the crew responded quickly to ensure the passenger remained seated until landing”.

What does easyJet mean when it talks about pressurisation? As our sister site in the US previously reported, when a plane is at cruising altitude, the average exit hatch has about three or four tons of pressure holding it in place.

If you’ve ever noticed that a plane door seems difficult for the crew to close or open at the start or end of a flight, that’s on purpose. When it’s closed, it swings into the cabin and then nestles into a frame where the door plugs it into place. The pressure holds the door into its frame and also stops the door from being opened during the flight.

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